I was trolling the news on World Aids Day events and this caught my eye: “On World Aids Day, condom maker calls for safe-sex emoji”. An emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication. You know like the tiny smiley faces, thumbs up etc.
Condom manufacturer Durex on World Aids Day presented a submission to the coding consortium, Unicode, to adopt a safe sex emoji. In the lead up to World Aids Day, Durex launched a social media campaign “to create the first official safe-sex emoji” asking users to use #condomemoji.
Emoticons and emojis are different. Emoticons are typographic displays of a facial expression for example 😉 while an emoji is a pictograph.
Emojis convey a lot of information—pictures say 1000 words! Emoticons, emojis and messaging are key part of the way young people communicate. Sexting—talking about sex via text—can fun and it is almost everywhere, chatting up your flame or messaging a shortie. According to research by Durex, 80 percent of 16-25 year olds find it easier to express themselves with emojis. According to their research, some 84 percent felt more comfortable using icons when talking about sex.
The emoji that Durex proposed is an angled, inflated condom.
MTV, in their Staying Alive campaign, took it one step further and even created a video featuring life size emojis. Did you know that a doughnut and banana, a peach and an eggplant, and an ok hands sign and pointerfinger are emojis used to talk about sex? In the video, while the human size emojis are getting in, in walks a condom and starts rubbing itself all over the two. It ends with the catchphrase “Make foreplay a threesome. Add a condom.” Together with emoji keyboard maker Snaps, MTV and Y&R also created a customised “condom emoji keyboard” (in the absence of a condom emoji, which has yet to be created). The keyboard features condoms in all designs.
I hope the condom emoji will be coming soon to Whatsapp!